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Speaking Engagements.

I have spoken at a few conferences chronologically listed below.

The Open Group Conference - San Diego 2018

At The Open Group Conference in 2018, I presented a talk on the use of frameworks such as the EA Value Framework (EAVF), a “research in progress” by Henk Plessius and his team at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

At Terragon Group, an African digital media company, the use of various frameworks for developing enterpise architecture and measuring its benefits and maturity such as TOGAF and EAVF were proposed. Models were subsequently presented for various strategic themes using the industry standard EA modeling language, ArchiMate.

Download the Presentation from The Open Group Archives here (Registration Required).

Read more about the EA Value Framework.

Read more about TOGAF.

Read more about ArchiMate.

The Software Engineering Institute SATURN Conference - San Diego 2016

At SATURN 2016, I suggested a method for architecting Agile businesses using a simplified version of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) to evaluate software architectures at Konga, an African e-commerce company.


Software architecture is a key enabler of business strategy, and it must provide value. What guidelines exist for the business-oriented software architect, and how do they correlate with an Agile business model? Business involves a number of dimensions that the architect must understand, including negotiations, risk management, business analysis, and communication skills. But more importantly, the architect must be able to align the business strategy with the software architecture. He or she must document the architecture in a way that shows how the system context derives from the business context. Typically, though, the requirements documents gathered from stakeholders do not capture the quality attributes well enough.

To overcome this constraint, architects must evaluate the architecture by engaging stakeholders early in the software development process, negotiating the system’s priorities, and making tradeoffs. Scenario based techniques like the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) provide one of the most general and effective approaches for achieving this. But to attain true business agility, a combination of the ATAM and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) pattern is suggested. The SOA pattern applies defined business functionalities built as software components to create interoperable services. SOA provides a well-designed interface protocol for integrating different services that are flexible enough to anticipate future change, a key feature for business agility. The role of software architects must not be limited to the technicalities of designing the software alone. This presentation suggests a method for architecting Agile businesses using the architecture practice at Konga, an African e-commerce company, as a case study.

Download the Presentation from the SEI Library here.

Read more about the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM).